Broccoli – the stereotypical bane of fun loving children everywhere. I’ve always wondered how kids can hate food that looks like trees…
First, the facts. Broccoli is a part of the cabbage, or cruciferous, vegetable family. Other members of this crew include cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbages. Broccoli develops best during the cool months of the spring and autumn.
For the best storage, keep dry broccoli in a loose or perforated bag in your fridge’s vegetable crisper. As with any produce, the fresher it is the better it will taste and be for you, so try to eat your broccoli within three to five days.
Here’s a breakdown of broccoli’s nutritional value, according to the University of Illinois:
Dietary fiber 2.4 grams
Protein 2.3 grams
Carbohydrates 4.3 mg
Vitamin C 49 mg
Folic Acid 53.3 nanograms
Calcium 89 mg
Iron 0.9 mg
- In regards to fiber, broccoli helps not only with digestion, but with cholesterol reduction, especially when steamed. Do be aware that broccoli can produce a lot of gas during digestion. Classy.
- As a detoxifier, broccoli contains a special balance of phytonutrients that support the neutralization and elimination of nasty contaminants. In other words, it helps your body get rid of the bad s#@%.
- If you’re one of the many concerned about vitamin D deficiency, eat more broccoli. The prevalence of vitamins A and K in the green food are thought to help vitamin D metabolism. That’s important.
In addition, broccoli’s got vitamin A through beta carotene, and is thought to be one of the star anti-cancer veggies (because of the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and pro-detox properties). Really, there’s so much good about broccoli, we ought to be forcing the kids (and finicky adults) to eat it.
Earlier this week I decided I should eat some of the broccoli I had in the fridge. Here’s what I did. It’s haphazard:
- 1 small head of broccoli
- Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup water
- Minced onion
- Dash sea salt
- Dash pepper
- Dash garlic powder
- Squeeze of lemon juice
- Wash the broccoli and separate it into individual florets
- Warm a skillet with the olive oil and water
- Put the broccoli in the warm skillet
- Add minced onion, sea salt, pepper garlic powder and lemon juice and toss
- Cook just until the broccoli is a little tender and bright green
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Interesting tidbit: Because of its shape and growth pattern, Romanesco broccoli is considered a fractal. Fractals are complex shapes which self-replicate to the point that they look the same close up or far away. This will explain it better. It’s cool.
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